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If you knew then what you know now... #2460110
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... would you have made different decisions as far as how you approached racing, or your choice of builds, or... ???

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Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH] #2460118
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The only thing I would have changed is I would have bought my heads up car while I was younger and my son still lived at home. At my age it’s hard doing a class like that by yourself. It may end up being another bracket car


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6.143@110.85 mph
9.73@135.05 mph shifting at 6700 RPM
422 Indy headed small block
5.982@112.56 mph
9.42@138.27

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Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH] #2460143
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I would have never started.


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Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH] #2460151
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Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: madscientist] #2460159
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Originally Posted By madscientist
I would have never started.

I figured that comment would make it into the top 10 responses, but in by 2... wow! laugh2


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Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH] #2460161
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I would have done about everything differently! Skip the rb with 906 heads, save my nickels for B1 heads and a moly chassis.

Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: gregsdart] #2460169
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Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH] #2460170
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Originally Posted By BradH
... would you have made different decisions as far as how you approached racing, or your choice of builds, or... ???

popcorn

I would have never built and raced a 1970 Baracuda 4 speed with a Hemi in NHRA stock on a 9 inch wide slick tsk realcrazy
I should have weighed that car first as far as how much weight on the front tires and rear tires with me in it work
It had 2160 Lbs. on the front tires and 1280 lbs. on the rear without me in it back in 1976 before NHRA required the drivers weight in the drivers seat shock I never raced that car again after weighing it that day blush
That car had a minimum weight of 3440 Lbs. with out the driver after a run back then whiney


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Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH] #2460172
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Dana 60 instead of 8 3/4, Super Sprag, LBA valve body and aftermarket front drum in 727....DAMHIK................


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Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH] #2460185
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I would have started racing at a younger age, and learned how to do more on my own sooner like welding, building transmissions and rear ends. Lastly I wish I found this forum sooner!

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Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH] #2460198
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When we ran the lickety split car in the 90's and 2000's, I wouldn't have kept exclusivly turning the rear shock compression knob all over the place and wondering why it didn't help the traction. Lol

Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH] #2460216
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I would of taken photos of things I built, I wouldn't have taken 8 years off.


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Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH] #2460232
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When I was 10 years old I was going to the track with my Dad racing his 63 Max Wedge car, about then he was 2 tenths off the Australian A/MP record before he threw the Brooks rods out the side of the block, that was 75/76, 20 years later we got the car back and I found 5.14 gears in the diff !!!
What RPM is that ? 120mph 32" tire.

Im no guru but Im sure I could have got that record.

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1971 Barracuda
Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH] #2460233
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I would have chosen a far more lucrative and secure line of work. And bought a lot more Hemis.


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Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH] #2460235
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I would have done more research and chatted with more people before starting a build. Would of went to an aftermarket block out of the gate.
Doing those simple things and I’d have enough $ left over to do a second car. That I know for sure.


BARNEY the 71 Plum Superbee. 4100 at the line. Now a RB 451 with a Cope 727/ PTC 8” converter and a S60 with 4.10's out back! 10.88 @ 123 with a 1.48 60. Hope to revive the 511 someday! Low 10’s will be in Barney’s future once more.
Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH] #2460240
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I would have bought up a bunch of 68-72 muscle cars in the late 70's when people were getting rid of them. Held onto them till the 2000's

Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH] #2460244
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I would have built a LS based twin turbo fuel injected E85 engine instead of my 540 victor headed gasengine.... stirthepot

It would still be in my barracuda tho whistling

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Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: nss guy] #2460245
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I wouldn't of followed any of Brad h.s, engine and car building threads waiting for results that never have happened. Besides that I would of Bought all the Hemis I could of back in the day. Other then that, would of done it the same, it was a journey. up

Re: If you knew then what you know now... [Re: BradH] #2460250
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Building my 440SP motor with stock pistons and that 290@.050 solid wasn't the ticket, running the 14x32's @4.5psi was no good just because everyone else ran them at that back then, and the 90/10's weren't the best, probably would've done better with some used stock shocks, too much front end rise, apart from that the car still ran well and managed 10.7's with 2.14 906's but I'm sure I could've gone quite a bit quicker today with the same set up just changing those things, at the end of the day my goal was a 9 sec pass which I managed with a small shot of spray so not a bad way to bow out of the sport in 1990.


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1971 340 'Cuda, best 11.01@122.8 in 1987
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I would have spent more money on getting good suspensions and rearends under my cars.

Experimenting with 8 3/4 rears and Superstock springs was an exercise in wallet lightening and not much else.


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Pump gas, n/a, through the mufflers on street tires with 3.54's
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